The current version of the SpaceXFalcon 9 has been certified by NASA. It is being considered as very important for launching the delayed and most awaited aircrafts. In the 2019 fiscal year budget proposal that was released on February 14, 2018 by NASA, the certification was announced.
At the same time NASA also announced that the ‘Category 2’ certification of the SpaceX Falcon 9 ‘Full Thrust’ with LSP will support the launch of the NASA Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission that is expected to be held in March 2018. The certification covers the missions of “medium risk” and one and three consecutive successful missions are required for that. The launch of TESS could not be completed without its certification. The certification was pending since a long period of time and was a major cause of concern and many doubts were raised about that. Even after the certification of Falcon 9, TESS will not be launched in March due to additional time required for hardware preparation and to fulfill NASA launch service mission requirement. Tess will be launched into an elliptical orbit is in a 2:1 resonance with the moon. It will do the full sky survey and look for exoplanets around the brightest stars. It is expected that it will bring us some more interesting information about them.
By: Anita Aishvarya